Josh Billings Quotes

- Notable Josh Billings Quotes Index -

Born: April 21, 1818, Lanesborough, Massachusetts, US
Birth Country: USA
Died: Monterey, California, US, October 14, 1885
Occupation: Author

1.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
- Josh Billings

2.
A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.
- Josh Billings

3.
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
- Josh Billings

4.
As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family, she has a good right to them.
- Josh Billings

5.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
- Josh Billings

6.
Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.
- Josh Billings

7.
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.
- Josh Billings

8.
Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

9.
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
- Josh Billings

10.
I haven't got as much money as some folks, but I've got as much impudence as any of them, and that's the next thing to money.
- Josh Billings

11.
I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.
- Josh Billings

12.
If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety.
- Josh Billings

13.
If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.
- Josh Billings

14.
It ain't often that a man's reputation outlasts his money.
- Josh Billings

15.
It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.
- Josh Billings

16.
Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves.
- Josh Billings

17.
Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.
- Josh Billings

18.
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
- Josh Billings

19.
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
- Josh Billings

20.
Love looks through a telescope envy, through a microscope.
- Josh Billings

21.
Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.
- Josh Billings

22.
Men mourn for what they have lost women for what they ain't got.
- Josh Billings

23.
Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
- Josh Billings

24.
Most people repent their sins by thanking God they ain't so wicked as their neighbors.
- Josh Billings

25.
One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.
- Josh Billings

26.
One of the rarest things that a man ever does, is to do the best he can.
- Josh Billings

27.
The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord that it ain't gout.
- Josh Billings

28.
The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
- Josh Billings

29.
The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.
- Josh Billings

30.
The man whose only pleasure in life is making money, weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm.
- Josh Billings

31.
The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.
- Josh Billings

32.
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
- Josh Billings

33.
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
- Josh Billings

34.
There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying.
- Josh Billings

35.
There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.
- Josh Billings

36.
There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.
- Josh Billings

37.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
- Josh Billings

38.
There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
- Josh Billings

39.
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
- Josh Billings

40.
There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

41.
Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.
- Josh Billings

42.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
- Josh Billings

43.
Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.
- Josh Billings

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